Speed Opening Gala

After being closed for three years and undergoing a $60 million renovation and expansion, the Speed Art Museum unveiled its glorious interior to guests at the Speed Opening Gala, this year’s Speed Ball, on March 5. Attendees were treated to music, gourmet food, an exploration of the museum and so much more at this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Steve Wilson, Owsley Brown and Robert BonnieBreck and Rhonda JonesLee and Rosemary CookwoodJason and Jacqui Marker?, Cheyenne Mize and Drew EnglishJohn and Lori KeyMr and Mrs MizeSteve and Sharon Kerrick and Janet and Joe ReillyPhillip and Melisssa Owens and Pat and France MeloyHope Pitman and Lindsey HowardMichalah Hopper and Emily SchmidtGreg and Beth MurphyMary Bellino and Phoebe WoodsLisa Stemler and Joyce MeyerDebbie Bunger, Bruce Bunger, Regina and Greg GardenerMethias Kolehmainen, Anna and Jeff TatmanAshley Wimsett, Andrew Noland, Linda Blue and Lois TashKendra Foster, John Malloy and Sharon MalloyKrystal Reid and Edward HarrisonDr. Kiran Gopal and Ankur GopalJessica and Mike ZieglerVincent Cameron and Melissa JonesMason and Allen CustardPete and Camille KalmeyRobby Brown, Jeff Dupre, Ryan Walker and Howard JohnsonCheriSteve and Sharon Kerrick and Nat and Chandra IrvinMr. and Mrs. Travis HanesMr. and Mrs. Travis HanesShelly Breier and Stephany VellonMark and Kim BakerBridgette Bell and Shannon McAdooLisa Smith, Steve Smith and Kent OylerEllen Cunanan, Steve Cunanan, Debbie Lawson and Wynan LawsonNatalie and Greg SelchMandy and Tanner WatkinsJosh Miller and Theo EdmondsHeather Farrer and Leslie HyslopRuthie Walton and Anna MorganJoel Barkley and Mollie TurnierKate and Jonathan KlingenfusMike and Christen BooneJen Kirkwood and Krissie WhiteDenise Kirkham, Paula Grisanti and Peggy HeuserDebby and Ron MurphyLauren Depaso, Billy Mudd and Michelle MuddJeff Howard, Sylvia Benito and Mark EliasonDonald Lassere and Sarah GraysonAngela Leet, Julia Carstanjen, Lisa DahlemRhSvetlana Nakatis, Ricardo Ferreira, Karen Casi and Paul Casi IIWin and Karrie StiettsBill and Julia CarstanjenJulia Carstanjen and Karen CasiCambell Barnum and John CrockettScott and Mollie Creason and Deana and Mike ParadisDr. Sarah Merrick and Michael MerrickStephanie Barker and Lisa WarrenFlora Nevarez and Michael HillDouglas and Shalonda EdwardsHolly HoustonClay and Lauren Baldwin and Lisa WarrenBarbara Beckers, Heather Kliesneer, Sanford Biggers and Arana HankinRudy Weissenberg, Michelle Areces, and Victoire BrownRemy Sisk, Charlie MeredithCarlos Cuenca, Amy Cuenca, Kimcherie LloydHarold Butler, Kieth Zirbel, Heather Falmen, Tanya York Dees, Anne West ButlerLisa Perdew, John Perdew, Michele Beam and John KarcherKieth Zirbel, Heather Falmen, Anne West Butler, Harold ButlerBert and Lucie 0Stansbury (Liv BoutiqueFrankie Adams, Lesa Buckler and Anne BrittinghamJoseph Snyder, Isaac Ortiz and Alexandra OrtizMike and Jessica ZieglerMatthew and Brook Barzun, Sanford Biggers, Arana Hankin and Heather KliesnerBrook and Matthew Barzun.Tom and Kelly SmithSusan Olson and Jody RobinsMicaela Skura and Mary JenningsRobert ? (louisville Orchestra Pianist), and Louisville Orchestra conductorJana Dowds, John Dowds, and Cary BrownSpeed Opening Gala.Mark Campisano and Lindsey Miller.Speed Opening Gala.Drs. Svetlana Nakatis and Ricardo Ferreira.Krystal Reid and Edward Harrison.Scott Neff and Michelle Wells.Jonathan Blue, Krystal Reid and Edward Harrison.A Gala Concert provided musical entertainment in the Grand Hall between 7-8PM.Lois Tash and Linda Blue.Kim Martin and Lisa Austin.Susan and Howard Vogt, Pat and Francie Mulloy, and Rhonda and Breck Jones.Pete and Camille Kalmey.John and Lori Key, Jason Jennings.Larissa and Chris Reece.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Karen Hunt and Ron Wolz.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Miriam Ballert and Phil Payne.Charlie and Mary Beth Clark.Speed Opening Gala.Event co-chairs Fran and Matt Thornton.John and Sue Speed, Edie Bingham.Event co-chairs Fran and Matt Thornton, and Paul and Vicki Diaz.Event co-chairs Paul and Vicki Diaz.Event co-chairs Fran and Matt Thornton.Chase and Jen Kirkwood, Karen LaClare Casi and Paul Casi II.Event co-chairs Fran and Matt Thornton;  Tammi and Chuck Cassi, Kelli and Woodford Webb, and co-chairs  Vicki and Paul Diaz.Speed Opening Gala.Shannon McAdoo and Bridgette Bell.Phoebe Wood, Jennifer Bielstein and Shane Spaulding.Gary and Karen Lawrence, and Susan and Keith Inman.Carrie Marill and Brian Knep.Tanner and Mandy Watkins.Ken and Brenda Balcombe, and Jana and John Dowds.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Bart and Deborah Greenwald.Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières addressed the crowd prior to the start of the remarks portion of the evening.Chair, Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees, Bruce Merrick.The atrium was packed with guests.The atrium was packed with guests.Brooke Barzun spoke as Matt Thornton, Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Paul Diaz, Fran Thornton, Vicki Diaz, Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières and Chair, Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees, Bruce Merrick stood and listened.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières spoke as Matt Thornton, Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Paul Diaz, Fran Thornton, Vicki Diaz, Brooke Barzun and Chair, Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees, Bruce Merrick stood and listened.Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières spoke as Matt Thornton, Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Paul Diaz, Fran Thornton, Vicki Diaz, Brooke Barzun and Chair, Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees, Bruce Merrick stood and listened.Lower right to the left: Brooke Barzun, Fran Thornton, Vicki Diaz, Paul Diaz, Chair, Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières, Chair, Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees, Bruce Merrick, Matt Thornton and Ambassador Matthew Barzun.Speed Opening Gala.Lower right to the left: Brooke Barzun, Fran Thornton,  Vicki Diaz, Paul Diaz, Chair, Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières, Chair, Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees, Bruce Merrick, Matt Thornton and Ambassador Matthew Barzun.Stephen Lewis and Douglas Riddle.Pamela Puchalski and Rhoades Alderson.Jason Jennings and Lauren DePaso.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Rebecca Matheny, Cathy Bowman and David Grubbs.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Tip and Candace Depp.Ann Wells, David Mahoney and Claire Krueger.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Brian and Jennifer Krainer.Speed Opening Gala.J.P. Davis, Angie Zuvon Nenni, Taunya Eshenbaugh, Ben Jackey and Lauren DePaso.Todd Cain, Annette Adams, Terry Adams and Patrick McLane.Speed Opening Gala.Breck and Rhonda Jones, and Mark and Summer Eliason.Speed Opening Gala.Heather Kliesner, Mark and Summer Eliason, Mary Lou and Joyce Meyer, Jeffrey Howard, Lisa Stemler, Denise Kirkham and Peggy Heuser.Mary Lou Meyer,Jeffrey Howard, Nick Chitwood and Joyce Meyer.Mark Eliason.and Jeffrey Howard.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Shannon and Kendall Cogan, Sony Steier and Dianne Timmering.Kent Oyler, Ron, Debbie and Greg Murphy.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Lauren, Stephanie and Michael Morris.Jecorey \Marty McClelland, Lori Warren and Jeffrey Howard.Paula and David Knopf, Connie Goodman.Holly Griffitt, Remy Sisk and Charlie Meredith.Jill Helton Wood, Michael Tierney, Fran Thornton, Cheri Collis White and Ron Wolz.Jill Helton Wood, Fran Thornton and Cheri Collis White.Neville Blakemoor,III, and J. R. Ward.Speed Opening Gala.Ed and Bernadette Hamilton, Elmer Lucille Allen, Laura and Dr. Robert Douglas.Fran Jasper, Sandy Gulick and Father Jerry Eifler.Jim and Missy Allen, and Diane and Dennis Heishman.Sarah and Ted Steinbock.Speed Opening Gala.Jeffrey Howard and Annette Skaggs.Ledee Sachs, Holland Lynch, Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières, Mason and Allen Custards.Speed Opening Gala.Gary Lawrence and Ken Herrington.Irene and Jim Karp.Andy Perez, Crystal Whittaker, Whitney Adkins and Carrie Donovan.Lasershow Spectacular.Lasershow Spectacular.Speed Opening Gala.Lasershow Spectacular.Brian Thieneman, Sarah Johnson, Joshua J. Miller and Shelly Kamei.Lasershow Spectacular.Speed Opening Gala.Jim Gillespie, Terri Forti, Bill Carstanjen, Cathy Wilson, Julia Kolp Carstanjen, Indiana State Representative Mike Speedy, Katherine Johnson, Philip Kitterman and Kim Brant.Ken and Kathy Herrington.Susan and Thomas Wobbe.Terri Forti, Cathy Wilson, Julia Kolp Carstanjen and Katherine Johnson.Hunter Sattich, Emily Digenis and Laura Melillo Barnum.Michelle Mudd and Angie Zuvon Nenni.Natalie Officer, Lisa Dahlem and Sarah Ritter Mitchell.Speed Opening Gala.Patricia Perleberg-Owen and Mike Pantoja.Bill and Becky Lamb, Judge Angela McCormick Bisig and \nArnold Rivera.Tony and Paula Schreck.Ladonna Nicolas and Larry Shapin.Kent Oyler, Whitney Stites and Brian Jones.Robby Browne, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.Pat Stallard, James and Leslie Millar, Joey Yates.Cheri Collis White, Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières, Woo Speed McNaughton, Austin Speed and Colin McNaughton.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.John and Jana Dowds, Jessie Bessinger, Sellus Wilder, Sandy and Mary Wilson,Christy Brown.The Louisville Ballet performed in the atrium.The Louisville Ballet performed in the atrium.The Louisville Orchestra performed in the atrium.Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières relaxed and watched the Louisville Ballet performance while the Louisville Orchestra played.The Louisville Orchestra played during the performance by the Louisville Ballet.Guests enjoyed a joint performance by the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet.The Louisville Orchestra performed in the atrium.Guests enjoyed a joint performance by the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet.Guests enjoyed a joint performance by the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet.Guests enjoyed a joint performance by the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet.Speed Art Museum Chief Executive Officer Ghislain d’Humières, Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams and Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Robert Curran.Guests enjoyed a joint performance by the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.Speed Opening Gala.

Photos by BILL WINE and HUNTER ZIESKE